Pageant queen turned celebrity, vocalist and dancer who performed within the Broadway productions of Jekyll & Hyde (1997), Cabaret (1998), Legally Blonde (2007) and Wonderland (2011). She was also noticed on national travels of Cabaret and Fun House. She gained the name of Miss Illinois 1997 and Miss America 1998. While contending within the pageants, her trigger was Helps activism. She authored a 2014 memoir known as Getting Miss America: Behind the Rhinestone Drape. She was elected to serve because the President from the Stars’ Collateral Association in 2015. Blessed in Ohio and elevated in Brigantine, NJ, she would return towards the Midwest to wait Northwestern University being a dual main in sociology and movie theater. Film credits of hers consist of Lucky Stiff, The Stepford Wives and Capote, the last mentioned which starred Philip Seymour Hoffman.